• There’s a belief particularly among
young men – that
driving drunk is
having a few drinks
and driving is OK.
• Alcohol is a drug which affects your skills,
mood and behaviour. Just a few drinks
increases your Blood Alcohol Concentration
(BAC) and as your BAC increases, so does your
risk of being involved in a crash:
0.05 – Double the risk
0.08 – 7 Times the risk
0.15 – 25 Times the risk
• Other drugs also impair your driving and
mixing one drug with another, or mixing
alcohol with other drugs, dramatically
increases your risk of crashing if you’re stupid
enough to try driving.
• The RTA's latest drink driving campaign breaks
from traditional road safety advertising to
focus on psychological feelings.
• The ‘Paranoia’ commercial taps into the fear
and guilt that drink drivers experience and
explores their anxiety, restlessness and fear of
• The campaign focuses on the unpredictability
of mobile RBT.
• Post-production and special effects create the
lead character’s feelings of paranoia. After he
leaves the pub he thinks he sees police
wherever he goes.
• The Cruel Sea’s hit song ‘Better Get a Lawyer
Son’, is used to help deliver a powerful and
• Drink driving is a factor in about 18 per cent of all fatal crashes in
• The figure is even higher (27 per cent) in country areas. In fact, 70
per cent of all fatal drink drive crashes happen in the country.
• The majority (90 per cent) of drink drivers in fatal crashes are
• One third of all drink drivers in fatal crashes are aged 17-24 years
(despite making up only about one-seventh of all licensed
• One quarter of all drink drivers in fatal crashes are aged 30-39
• 30 per cent of all fatal drink drive crashes occur between 9 pm
and 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Drink Driving – The Facts
• Drink driving is a factor in about one in every
five crashes in NSW where someone loses
their life. Of the people who are killed, 88 per
cent are men and 75 per cent are under the
age of 40.
• You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by
alcohol. You might feel normal but no one
drives as well after drinking alcohol.
The Facts cont......
• Novice drivers with any level of alcohol in their blood are at a
much higher risk of crashing. This is why learner and provisional
licence holders are restricted to a zero alcohol limit.
• Getting back to zero (sobering up), takes a long time. No amount
of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the
• In NSW, police have the power to:
Stop drivers at random to test for alcohol.
Arrest drivers who test over the legal limit.
Arrest drivers they believe are impaired by drugs, and conduct
a blood and urine test
Require a driver to undergo a sobriety test in certain
The Facts cont......
• Since the introduction of RBT
in 1982, fatal crashes
involving alcohol have
dropped from 40 per cent of
all fatalities to the current
level of 19 per cent.
• Last year police conducted
3.4 million breath tests in
• Drink driving is stupid.
Blood Alcohol Limits
• NSW has three blood
alcohol limits: zero, 0.02
• Your BAC is a measure of the
amount of alcohol you have
in your blood.
• The limit which applies to
you is dependent on the
category of your licence and
the type of vehicle you are
Zero BAC Applies To:
ALL learner drivers.
ALL Provisional 1 drivers.
ALL Provisional 2 drivers.
ALL visiting drivers holding
an overseas or interstate
learner, provisional or
Drugs and Driving don't mix
• Drugs affect all driving skills, and not just illegal
• Prescription drugs and even over the counter
medicines can affect your driving skills if you don’t
follow instructions or your Doctor’s advice.
• Taking more than one drug or mixing alcohol and
drugs and then driving is even more dangerous.
• But taking drugs of any kind and then driving puts
you at greater risk of injuring or killing yourself,
your friends or other innocent people.
Roadside Drug Testing
• Police have powers to carry out
roadside drug testing on any
driver, rider or supervising
licence holder in NSW.
• There are harsh penalties for
driving while impaired by
drugs, including a $2,200 fine,
up to 9 months in jail and
Heavier penalties apply for a
Don’t take the risk, have a plan B.
• If you are affected by drugs or alcohol:
– Use public transport or a taxi.
– Get a lift with someone who has not been drinking
or using drugs.
– Let people know where you are by taking your
– Stay at a friend’s house.
– Tell a friend or let someone know if you’ve taken
drugs and don’t feel right to drive.
– Sleep it off before you even think about driving,
but remember, don’t drive when you’re coming
Plan B Campaign